Wenger confirms Brazil hatchet man Felipe Melo is still a target for Arsenal

03 March 2010 12:12
London calling: Melo is an Arsenal target

Felipe Melo remains on Arsene Wenger's radar as the Arsenal boss comes to terms with the loss of Aaron Ramsey.

Midfielder Ramsey is facing eight months on the sidelines after breaking his leg at the weekend and Wenger could go back in for Melo, a player he failed to sign last year.

The Frenchman tried to tempt Melo from Fiorentina in the summer but was priced out of the market by Juventus.

But the 26-year-old Brazil international has struggled in Turin and Wenger could be set to try again.

He said: 'We were interested in Melo during the summer. We watched him in Brazil's international at the Emirates, against Italy [in February 2009], when he had an outstanding game. Then he went to Juventus and that team has struggled and certainly he has not had the season that everyone predicted he would.

'We still think he is a very talented player and with Gilberto Silva, Brazil have a very useful pair in midfield. We are still looking at Melo.'

Alex Song sits out the Gunners' next two matches through suspension but Wenger could have Abou Diaby back to face Burnley on Saturday after the midfielder returned to full training following a calf injury.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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